The moderator of the international meeting is Eliza Anyangwe. Eliza is a journalist and the managing editor of the new international edition of The Correspondent, an international movement for radically different news.
Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, one of the initiators of this meeting, will address the audience and explain the importance of this meeting.
How a Dutch SME called Arte Group, which produces kitchen tops from natural stone, created a child labour free zone in India.
In this session we assess the progress made in eliminating child labour in global supply chains since the Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour in Argentina in 2017.
Commitments and recommendations of producing and consuming countries and the industry will be made on how to accelerate their efforts to take next steps to achieve SDG target 8.7 by 2025.
Wouter Koolmees, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour, Nigeria
Niels van den Beucken, CFO Arte
Mustafiz Uddin, CEO Denim Expert
Henny Plat, director of FNV
Closure of morning programme by Jacques van den Broek (CEO Randstad) and Anousheh Karvar (chair Alliance 8.7).
Whether you are a CEO, a buyer, corporate lawyer, sustainability manager or local supplier, you all have a role to play in combatting child labour in global supply chains. But what does it mean for a company to integrate the prevention and elimination of child labour into its business processes? Which practical steps can a company take? Several speakers from various organisations will share their experiences, dilemma’s and challenges they faced and the solutions they came up with.
The aim of this breakout session is to find best practices and innovative solutions to integrate the prevention and elimination of child labour in a company’s due diligence process. But of course we are also interested in hearing about your ideas, questions, and inspirational examples!
Please join our session to share your experiences and together with us learn how to take the next steps!
David Vermijs, Senior Advisor at Shift
Marianne van Keep, Director of Sustainability at Verstegen Spices & Sauces B.V.
Vipul Badani, CEO at Qualiance
Benjamin Gatland, Director Social Sustainability, Heineken
Linda Kromjong, Global Labor & Human rights director, Samsung
Gazal Malik, Policy Research Coordinator, Global March
Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, VOICE Network
Martijn Scheltema, Laywer, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn
Jan Willem Schaapfoyer
Aim is to understand the benefits of having a transparent chain and show the value of traceability in the fight against child labour. Supply chain transparency is needed to determine if child labour exists in supply chains. This is not an easy task, especially in global supply chains with multiple tiers.
During this session, we will present two examples of innovative supply chain management. One of these examples is the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), where corporate members share their data with each other to create transparency and conduct joint mapping and training of mica processors. In an interactive and engaging way, we will furthermore explore how to address existing challenges in creating transparent supply chains.
If you are interested to learn more about the possibilities for your company on how transparency can be increased and how traceability can be valuable for your business case, please join this breakout session!
Anne Manschot, consultant at Enact
Fanny Frémont, Executive Director of the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI)
Shirley Schijvens, Owner and managing director, Schijvens Linn Fortgens, Sustainability Director, Volvo Car Corporation
Guido van Staveren van Dijk, founder Moyee Coffee
This session will be an opportunity to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned among different actors of the supply chain in selected pathfinder countries. It will draw on existing examples of South-South cooperation and collaboration between different stakeholders to identify good practices that can adapted to different contexts and supply chains to accelerate action for the elimination of child labour.
Haydee Victoria Rosas, Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Labour, Peru
Muhd Khair Razman, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Labour Malaysia
Dr. N’Guettia Martin, Director Fight against Child Labour Department, Ministry of Labour, Côte D’Ivoire
Marcia Eugenio, Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking, U.S. Department of Labor
Henriette Geiger, Director B People and Peace, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development European Commission Brussels
Mr Adeniyi Ajuwon, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria
Mathias Thorns, Deputy Secretary General, International Organisation of Employers
Jeroen Beirnaert, Director of Human and Trade Union Rights, International Organisation of Employers
What is the role of monitoring in the elimination of child labour? What are the lessons learned so far in effective monitoring of child labour and what is the role of audits and the role of technology? Monitoring of child labour has evolved from monitoring the supply chain to ensure there are no children working to awareness raising, referral to services and tracking the individual child, sometimes also beyond the supply chain. This requires the involvement of many different actors.
In this session we aim to get an insight into the experience of three sectors: the cocoa sector, the hazelnuts and the coffee. Experienced monitoring initiatives such as the Fair Labor Association, Rainforest Alliance and the International Cocoa Initiative will share what they think is key to effective monitoring and will ask your ideas for overcoming some of the problems they face in an interactive engaging way.
If you would like to share your ideas or if you would like to learn more how others are doing this, please join this session.
Darrell High, Cocoa Manager at Nestle
Esra Saricicek Cakar, Compliance Manager at Balsu Gıda san. Tic. A.ş
Emmanuel Bukomeko, West Nile Arabica Scheme Manager at Kyanalanyi Coffee Ltd
Leonie Blokhuis, Progr Manager Supply Chain Innovations at Fair Labor Association
Olivier Laboulle, International Cocoa Initiative
Kunera Moore, Global Lead Child Labour at Rainforest Alliance
How can the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with her partners, stimulate sustainable consumption and thereby contribute to the elimination of child labour in global supply chains?
Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director-General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Paul Schoenmaker, Head of Impact, Tony's Chocolonely
Laura Jungmann, Team Lead Sustainability, Albert Hein
In this session we want to discuss how the concept of due diligence can be translated into a law (on child labour), and which set of requirements that is workable and clear for business, should be included? Short presentations on existing due diligence legislation and a discussion on specific elements of OECD and ILO guidances on child labour will lead to recommendations which of these elements should be codified into law.
Amy Eaglestone, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham
Hannah Tijmes, Head of RBC-department at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Elsa Savourey, Laywer at Herbert Smith Freehills Paris
Sjirk Prins, Sustainability Advisor at ASN Bank
In this session the Dutch Alliance Work: No Child’s Business (partners Unicef, Save the Children and Stop Child Labour) together with their business ang governmental partners will discuss experiences with the area-based approach to address the root causes of child labour, the obstacles to eliminate child labour and ways to ensure all children’s right to education.
During this the session, the aim is to make the audience aware of the multiple interventions and different actors that are needed to address child labour and to provide them with a good knowledge of the experiences with the area-based approach. The interactive discussion will focus on what worked and what did not, possible challenges/bottlenecks and ways to solve those, and how to upscale this approach.
The preferred outcome is that the actors in the audience understand what specific role they need to play to address child labour and ensure children’s right to education and are willing to act within the area-based approach.
Anne Valkering, Program Coordinator at Unicef Netherlands
Ilaria Manunza, Humanitarian and Development Expert at Save the Children
Venkat Reddy, MV Foundation
Niels van den Beucken, CFO at Arte Group
The informal sector generates employment for around 70% of people in the world, contributing 20% or more to the GDP. Unfortunately, the highest number of child labourers is also found in this sector in the fragmented and invisible supply chains where they are often exploited, abused and denied their basic rights.
For reaching out to such children, it is crucial to understand where and why they are working and how to reach them. Most importantly, there is an urgent need to direct multi stakeholder initiatives towards remediation and access to remedy which beyond certifications. Given the complexity, challenges and increasing expansion of the informal sector especially in developing countries, it is crucial to look beyond certifications as they alone are not enough to address all forms of child labour in the informal sector.
Business enterprises, big or small have a key role in participating in effective mechanisms to address grievances of individuals and communities adversely impacted by the company’s operations, and provide for or cooperate in remediation too. It will also discuss how best can good practices from the formal sector be replicated or used in the informal economy to combat child labour.
If you would like to share your ideas or know of good practices or effective models that work, join the discussion.
Michael Bride - Vice President Corporate Responsibility (PVH)
Moses Hannington Thenge, Human Resource Manager at Kakira Sugar Limited Uganda
Anohita Ruaabsewa, SEWA India
Tugba Kontas Azakli-Durak, Academic Advisor from Turkey
Idil Ander Dede, Rainforest Alliance Turkey
Jan Willem Schaapfoyer
In this session we will jointly explore how child labour is interconnected with other sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues, such as living wage or working conditions. We aim to inspire the participants of this session to increase their effectiveness of eradicating child labour through other CSR efforts. This will be done by two presentations of two successful projects in which an approach on child labour was part of a combined CSR approach.
We will focus on the lessons learned: what went well, what did not? Furthermore, we will jointly discuss and explore how to scale up such projects, and what you need to be aware of in order to create impact on child labour and other CSR issues at once.
Ruben Brunsveld, Head People & Culture at Enact Sustainable Strategies
Trudy Kerperien, National Board Member of the General Union for Education (AOB)
Carrie van der Kroon, Progr Coordinator Children's Rights & Sexual Exploitation (ECPAT)
Louke Koopmans, Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager at Mars.
Grote Zaal (podium)
Presentation of outcomes of the four break-out sessions and discussion with the audience. Reflection speech by two CEOs and a presentation of public statements/ commitments of companies and other stakeholders.
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